Sat, Oct 02 2010 12:00 PM Posted By: Allison K. Sampite
Thanks to San Diego Habitat for Humanity, two families now have a place to call home in National City.
On Oct.4, as part of World Habitat Day, the Muang family will receive the keys to their new house.
Lam Muang came to the United States in 1994 from Nasir, Sudan, to escape civil war. The father of 10 said his new home will provide security and more opportunity for his family.
"It gives us a safe place where my family and I can raise our children in a house instead of an apartment," he said.
A Somali family already received the keys to their home which they purchased in May.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity builds homes using tax-deductible contributions of land, materials and money. Nearly all of the labor is donated by volunteer workers, which helps reduce the cost of the home.
Guidelines stipulate that each prospective applicant work 250 hours building the house as a form of "sweat equity."
Other criteria include a demonstrated need for improved housing, a willingness to partner with SDHFH and the ability to pay a monthly mortgage.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity family services specialist Shayna Hensley said applicants must also be active members of the homeowner's association.
"We require families to attend financial fitness workshops in order to understand their credit score, as well as attend a homeowners education class," Hensley said.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity built affordable "Season of Service" homes for National City families in need between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays.
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